SVT, the Swedish national broadcaster, yesterday announced changes to the way voting happens in Melodifestivalen 2022. ESCBubble explained the changes:
Heats – Voting Round One
- Voting on the Melodifestivalen app will be open during the show, as each of the seven acts performs. Viewers can vote for a song on a ratings system between zero and five “hearts”.
- Once all the acts have performed, the voting will be closed and votes counted, after which the act with the most votes will go straight through to the final. They will not perform their song again, like in previous years.
Heats – Voting Round Two
- All the votes from the first round will be carried over for the other six acts into the second phase.
- App voting starts afresh, and viewers can vote for each act again, with between zero and five “hearts”.
- All the votes, as is usually the case, will be broken down into age categories (3-9, 10-15, 16-29, 30-44, 45-59, 60-74 and 75+), with telephone votes its own separate category, each carrying a Eurovision-style 12 points etc. weight based on ranking.
- Unlike in previous years, the votes will be announced Eurovision-style in each semi-final, with the points from each age category (and telephone voting) added gradually, building tension and immediately publishing how well each act did.
- The highest scorer in the second phase will go direct to the final, while the second and third place will go through to the “Semifinal” – which will take place as a “duels” format.
- While the voting will, once again, be split into two phases, the first will come before the international jury votes are revealed, and the second after, so the public will get to influence the vote after the juries have cast theirs. Once again, they will have up to 5 “hearts” to distribute in each phase. The age category split will also be revealed Eurovision-style, as per the heats.
Author: Richard Taylor